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Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke (Modern Library) (English & German Edition) (English and German Edition) (German) Hardcover – August 1, 1995
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Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943 and studied at Amherst, the University of Paris, and Yale. Considered one of the preeminent translators of his generation, he has translated many classic texts including Gilgamesh, The Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, and The Book of Job.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Hardcover : 615 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679601616
- ISBN-10 : 0679601619
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 1.29 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : Modern Library; 1st Edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: : English, German
- Best Sellers Rank: #484,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's possible this is a more direct translation than either of the other two I mentioned, but I prefer when the translator deviates from the direct wording to capture the spirit, beauty, and, well... poetry, of the thing. This feels distinctly lacking in poetry to me, and sometimes the grammar and wording actually make it hard to comprehend.
I could say the same of Rilke's poetry.. full of beauty, but also terror... spanning the vast expanse of human emotions and experience. These are the poems that resonate in my life and carry me through my darkest and soul searching times. Rilke's poetry itself communicates the eternal spiritual search, devoted to the truths that can be attained through devotion of one's life to craft, to art, to observation.
I was introduced to them in college and reading them for the first time struck a cosmic chord in me. I would say that they saved me in my times of great crisis.
Rilke's poems are ones that you can read over and over and find new meanings every time.
I understand some German so I appreciate the German translations. Mitchell sometimes takes great liberties with the translations, so I like doing my own translations.